The Milwaukee Road Trestle, "Beverly Bridge", crossing the Columbia River
The spectacular Milwaukee Road trestle, or Beverly Bridge, spanning the Columbia River, links the western half of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail to the eastern half. Built in 1909 and 1/2 mile long, the trestle was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. But unfortunately, due to safety concerns, the trestle is gated and closed, bisecting the JWPT into two sections. Trail users who want to cross the Columbia River and Washington State, are forced to arrange a shuttle or risk a dangerous crossing at the nearest bridge, the I-90 bridge at Vantage, which has neither a pedestrian walkway nor shoulder. Renovating the Beverly Bridge would allow nonmotorized access across the Columbia River where currently there is no safe nonmotorized crossing for a span of 130 miles (between Wenatchee and TriCities).
The Beverly Bridge is owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In the November 2016 election, Washington voted in Hilary Franz as the new Commissioner of Public Lands, responsible for overseeing the DNR. The section of the JWPT (or the Milwaukee Corridor) between the Columbia River (Beverly) and Lind is also administered by the DNR.